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Dining Out
  • Eat homemade meals as much as humanly possible, but when not possible...

  • Select restaurants that are vegetarian and better yet, vegan-friendly (check on and Indian restaurants tend to accommodate, just make sure you ask for no flesh, no dairy, which includes yogurt, no oil or Gee. Gee is clarified butter.

  • Buy the Happy Cow App (Android or iPhone) which tells you vegan-friendly restaurants nearby.

  • Call ahead and ask the manager if you order a certain meal on the menu can they make it vegan with no oil. 

  • Ask for whole wheat pasta that is made with no egg or dairy. Often gluten-free pasta is vegan. Potato Gnocchi is fine too. However, many restaurants add cheese to their Gnocchi, so ask.

  • Marinara sauces are sometimes made with meat stock and often made with oil, so ask before ordering.

  • Wine, particularly red wine, is the best option. Drinking standards: Women: 1 glass of wine per day max. Men: 2 glasses of wine per day max.

  • Many dishes may "almost" be vegan. You may see a salad listed with feta, goat cheese or mozzarella, just say hold the cheese. 

  • Ask the server to hold the dressing that comes with the salad, and then ask for just balsamic vinegar on the side. Consider bringing your own homemade no oil dressing.

  • Indian restaurants use clarified butter or oil in their rice 9 times out of 10 and use clarified butter in many dishes, so you’ll have to get very specific when asking them to give you a vegan meal. 

  • 1 tablespoon of any kind of oil contains 13.5 grams of fat. All oil is high in saturated fat. However, coconut oil is the worst, containing 90% saturated fat. You would have to eat 11 cans of black beans to get 13.5 grams of fat, which still has NO saturated fat. Restaurants use an average of 3 tablespoons of oil to cook one meal. Oil causes one's liver to over produce cholesterol. Oil is bad no matter what you've heard, so avoid oil as much as possible.

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